Bataan students raise money for Mary’s Coats for Kids

Apr 2, 2024 | Schools | 0 comments

Bataan Memorial Intermediate students and staff present a check for $1,159.57 to Mike Ferdinandsen, grade 3 teacher, for Mary’s Coats for Kids.

Mary’s Coats for Kids is a program created by the Ferdinandsen family, who started the foundation in 2006 in memory of their mother and wife, Mary Ferdinandsen. The program provides new coats to Port Clinton City School District children in need.  Recently, students at Bataan Intermediate came together to “Do Great Things for Others” with a coin drive to raise money.  They collected $1,159.57 for the foundation.  The committee included Ferdinandsen family members, School Counselor Lynne O’Neal, Administrative Assistant Kim Martin, Assistant Principal Ryan Evarts and Principal Morgan Siefke.  In addition to the coin drive at Bataan Intermediate, Port Clinton High School DECA, under the leadership of Advisor Bill Hollister, contributed $250 to Karen Ferdinandsen for the foundation.

Mary’s Coats for Kids is unique in that children in need of a winter coat are not simply given one. They have the opportunity to shop and select a coat for themselves.

The Ferdinandsen family expressed their gratitude to District Treasurer Jeff Dornbush for his assistance and to O’Neal, who helps facilitate the Mary’s Coats for Kids program.  The Ferdinandsens know Mary would be amazed and deeply touched by how many children the foundation has helped since its creation.

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